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Our Speakers

What? No rabbi? Then who gives the sermon?!

Ah! That is yet another area in which The Song Shul is trailblazing.
Speaking at our services we feature distinguished personalities from a variety of backgrounds, each a leader in his or her field.

We thank our special guest speakers for the compelling and brilliant insights they have shared with us, and for the valuable messages that have inspired us in our lives!
And we proudly present to you…

The Song Shul’s Speaker Hall of Fame

Zoom Speakers

Direct from London: Gillian Walnes Perry, Author of The Legacy of Anne Frank
Direct from Florida: Dr. Elaine Rotenberg, Psychologist “Coping With The New Normal”
Direct from Tel Aviv: Aviva Lavi, Director of Public Relations, El Al Israel Airlines “Covid and Tourism”
Direct from New York: Talia Reese, Comedian
Direct from Washington: Dr. Josh Schiffer, Infectious Disease Specialist
Direct from Tel Aviv: Danny Grossman, Legend of the Israeli Airforce
Direct from Jerusalem: DJ Schneeweiss, former Israeli Consul General “Books & Music: The National Library of Israel”
Direct from Jerusalem: Simcha Jacobovici, Filmmaker, Author, and Investigative Archeologist “Passover: The Archeological Evidence”
Direct from New York: Strauss Zelnick, Author of Becoming Ageless: The Four Secrets to Looking and Feeling Younger Than Ever
Direct from New Jersey: Robin Rotenberg, Author of Pound On!! From the Glass Slipper to the Glass Ceiling
Direct from California: Eli Beer, Founder of United Hatzalah, “Health Care Ingenuity: Israeli Style”
Direct from London: Elon Perry, Journalist “Jerusalem Burning”

In-Person Speakers

Norman Bacal
Author of Breakdown: The Inside Story of
The Rise and Fall of Heenan Blaikie
Galit Baram
Consul General of Israel
to Toronto and Western Canada
Dr. Sandy Buchman
Palliative Care Physician;
President-elect, Canadian Medical Association
Roee Chen
Dramaturg and Playwright
with Israel’s renowned Gesher Theater
Josh Cooper
President and Chief Executive Officer,
Baycrest Foundation
Shai Deluca
Television Personality, CAMERA On-Campus Israel Education Ambassador
Click to read Anti-Zionism, Anti-Terrorism 2.0 – Shai’s Yom Kippur sermon at The Song Shul as published in the Times of Israel
The Honourable Linda Frum
Member of The Senate of Canada
Click to read Fighting for What Matters – Senator Frum’s Rosh Hashana sermon at The Song Shul as published in the Toronto Sun
Dr. Jacques Gauthier
International Jurist and Scholar
Eric Gertner
30-Year Director of Research
at McCarthy Tetrault
Paul Godfrey
President and Chief Executive Officer,
PostMedia Network, Inc
Dr. Brian Goldman
ER Doctor, Radio Host,
Author of The Power of Kindness
Lorrie Goldstein
Editor Emeritus,
Toronto Sun
Janice Gross-Stein
Political Scientist and
International Relations Expert
Jonathan Kay
Author and Award-Winning Journalist
Jodi Kovitz
CEO AceTech Ontario, and
CEO and Founder of #MoveTheDial
Jacob Ladovsky
Canadian-born Member of the Elite Unit
of the IDF’s Naval Department
Bonnie Lawrence
Author of Dinner on Dunvegan
Mark Masters
Dedicated Hockey and Tennis Reporter
for The Sports Network
Judie Oron
Award-winning Author of
Cry of the Giraffe
Steve Paikin
TV Host, Documentary Producer and Author
Edward Prutschi
Chief Legal Analyst,
NewsTalk1010 Radio and CTV News
Criminal Justice Columnist, Toronto Sun
Click to read The Importance of Dissent: What the Supreme Court of Canada Learned from this Week’s Torah Portion
Ellen Schwartz
Author and Founder of Jacobs’ Ladder
Anna Shternshis
Yiddishist, Professor, Author, and Co-Editor of East European Jewish Affairs
Sergeant First-Class Reserve from Duvdevan, the IDF Unit that inspired the TV drama Fauda
(image and last name withheld for security reasons)
Joyce Wayne
Fiction Novelist, Author of
Last Night of the World
Noah Weisberg
Actor, starring as Willy Wonka in
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Tiphaera Ziner-Cohen
Millennial Writer and Speaker
Click to read Comments on Pittsburgh from a Jewish Diasporic Millennial, Tiphaera’s sermonette at The Song Shul, as published in The Times of Israel